ROBESON COUNTY, N.C. (WBTW) — The Robeson County Sheriff’s Office received two grants Tuesday from the North Carolina Governor’s Crime Commission to combat human trafficking, according to a news release.

The grants total more than $400,000 over two years, according to the release and will be used in developing a Human Trafficking Task Force and Human Trafficking Services Continuum for human trafficking victims.

The task force will have a collaborative approach to have professionals working together from the start of these cases to provide the best outcomes for the victims and prosecution of traffickers.

“The goals of the entire project entail development a Human Trafficking Training Program that will educate and train Robeson County Sheriff’s Deputies and Detention Officers on Human Trafficking and the complexity surrounding Human Trafficking crimes,” Sheriff Burnis Wilkins said.

Part of the funding will go toward hiring law enforcement officers specifically for the task force, and for the county to develop, train, and educate officers on how to “effectively recognize’ human trafficking, enforce criminal statutes and assist the victims. “

Community partners will also be trained by the sheriff’s office to help support victims back to safety, promote their emotional strength and the impact of the trauma with intervention education.